Welcome to my little slice of small town life.
Come along and relish Small Town Life in America with me, my husband and five children as we visit Parades, County Fairs, Farmers' Markets and more...or just enjoy the happenings of our daily life. Try a few of my recipes, check out my flea market finds, and see how Adoption has touched our life...
School starts next week! Are any of you with children returning to school ready? Back to school time is always bittersweet for me. Though I enjoy the quieter days, structure, and fall weather, I miss my children when they are in school. Some of my friends call me crazy, but I know there are others that feel the same way. I enjoy my children, and I can't wait for them to walk in the door at the end of the school day! What am I going to do when they are in college?!!! Anyway, one of my kids' favorite family back to school tradition is our back to school brownies. A simple, yet memorable treat to look forward to when they walk in the door. They get to choose either brownies with vanilla icing and sprinkles, brownies with powdered sugar, or just plain brownies!
Another tradition they are not fond of is "practicing getting up early 3-4 days before school starts to get back into routine. My teenagers who like to sleep until 1 or 2 pm have to get up for school at 6 a.m., so this tradition is very important so they make it through the first day of school without falling asleep! If any of you have favorite back to school traditions, please post or email me! I would love to hear them!
Many Blessings to you and your family!
The Queen Mama
PS-The Gooseberry Patch CookBooks and Christmas Books are my ABSOLUTE FAVORITES!!! I collect them and have TONS!!!!
My husband and I took our children and foster baby girl to the river
for the weekend. Dear friends of ours have a beautiful vacation home
right on the river, and offered it to us, free of charge. They knew we
had not been able to take a vacation this summer because we had been
caring for Cutie Patootie and Sweet Pea. Since Cutie Patootie was sent
to live with her grandparents, we jumped at the chance to go. (much less
chaos in the group.) Anyway, we had a great time. Saturday, Big Daddy
and the boys went down the river in big inter tubes. They had a
blast. Princess, Sweet Pea and I waited on the shore for them, and a
light rain had started.
They all showered, and we headed out to
dinner at a local restaurant. It was crowded, but we managed to get a
table for 7 fairly quickly. I noticed what looked like a wealthier
retired couple sitting next to us. They were dressed very nicely, and
drinking wine from fancy glasses. Here sat me, with my frizzy hair from
the rain, no makeup, and my crew~all of us in "play clothes" because we
were at the river. The couple kept looking at us and talking in low
voices. I cringed to myself, thinking they probably wished all these
children were not seated right next to them.
So, to my surprise,
when we left, the couple stopped me (everyone had gone ahead of me).
The wife said, "Excuse me. What a beautiful family you have." "Thank
you.", I told her, waiting for the BUT part to come. It never came-she
went on to say how impressed she was with our children, that they were
so well behaved, and how you don't see big families anymore, and how
much she loved seeing big families. I told her thank you again and how
blessed we feel to have a big family as well. I did not go into the "We
are foster parents shpiel (is that even a word?)" or that we adopted
through foster care. I simply grinned from ear to ear as we walked to
the car, happy that our family looked like it belonged together, knowing
that we do.
Now, Queen Mama is a BIG advocate of foster care
and adoption through foster care and usually always tell curious people
our story. But, for this weekend, I just relished being a family...not a
foster family, not an adoptive family, just a beautiful family...
Blessings to you and your beautiful family,
The Queen Mama http://www.soylicious.com/candlequeen
Well dear readers, The Queen Mama has added another business to her
plate. I love the blessing of being a stay at home Mama, but living on
one income with many children does have it's setbacks. I am an
entrepreneur at heart, having worked transcription, data entry, sales,
and customer service for the past several years. However, with the
addition of our new baby, the foster kids that come and go, being on the
phone, or transcribing with little ones has become next to impossible.
So, I have found a wonderful business called Soylicious that sells
yummy scented soy candles, soaps, and sprays. They burn clean and best
yet, are made in the good ole' USA!! I always burn scented candles to
help my home be welcoming and hospitable. Check out my website: http://www.soylicious.com/candlequeen
(like my name? Thought I would stick with the Queen theme) You may
find something you just love-great for your home or gifts for any
occasion ~CHRISTMAS~ will be here before you know it! OR, if you've
always wanted to work from home, visit the OPPORTUNITY page on my site.
You can sell strictly online! It's that easy! Blessings! The Queen